Nokia introduces a new Web browser for S60 3rd Edition
Powerful open source engine enables intuitive Web experience in S60 smartphones
November 02, 2005, Nokia Mobility Conference 2005, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo Finland - Nokia today unveiled the new Web browser for its world leading smartphone software, S60 platform. The new browser is aimed to provide smartphone users with a true Web experience and industry leading performance when browsing full Web pages on the Internet using a smartphone. The new Web browser is available to S60 licensees as part of the S60 3rd Edition offering.
“Nokia studies of S60 smartphone users show two clear trends: browsing is generating over 60% of data traffic, and the improved network performance of WCDMA/3G more than doubles the browser usage compared to GPRS/EDGE, offering increased revenue potential for operators,” said Heikki Heinaro, Vice President, S60 Applications, Nokia Technology Platforms.
“Nokia’s approach to browsing on smartphones in the 3G era is to offer a premium solution for content discovery and download, with equal access both to Web sites on the Internet and mobile optimized content. The new Web browser is poised to make Web browsing fast, intuitive, and more enjoyable for both consumers and enterprise users,” Heinaro continued.
“Safari Web Kit’s blazing performance, efficient code base and support for open standards make it an ideal open source technology for projects like the new Web browser for S60,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We’re delighted that Nokia can take advantage of Apple innovation and our commitment to open source development to bring a new Web experience to S60 smartphones.”
The new browser provides a True Web experience though features such as:
- Preservation of the original page layout, presented just as the Web site designers intended;
- Easy navigation of Web pages through page miniatures, reducing the amount of scrolling;
- Pop-up blocking, enhanced start page, and simplified menus;
- Visual History, an easy-to-use back function, showing miniature views of previous pages;
- Text Search, which works as you type, taking you directly to the interesting part of the page;
- Web Feeds, providing easy access to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds from Web sites, blogs, and news stories;
- Dynamic HTML, supporting dynamic menus, rollovers, and scripted behavior such as AJAX applications;
- Extensive support of industry standards including W3C’s HTML, XHTML 1.0, DOM, CSS and SVG-Tiny; other Web standards such as SSL and ECMAScript; and Netscape style plug-ins including Flash Lite and audio.
The browser’s open source codebase and extensible architecture will enable other industry parties, such as S60 licensees and the open source community, to develop new features for the browser. S60 application developers can use open APIs to build on top of the browser, using it to render rich content within their application. Nokia is committed to open source, and intends to actively participate in the open source community to further develop and enhance the browser, contributing Nokia’s expertise in mobility.
“The KDE Project is excited that Nokia will bring KDE’s award-winning open source technology to mobile devices through the S60 platform. It is a testament to the value of the open source community’s work, and will stimulate further innovation in KHTML and mobile applications. We look forward to facilitating this innovation through further collaboration with Nokia,” said George Staikos, the representative for the KDE Project in North America.
The S60 platform, built on the Symbian OS, is the leading smartphone software in the world and it is licensed by some of the foremost mobile phone manufacturers in the market. The flexibility of the S60 platform allows for various hardware designs and software configurations. This is demonstrated through the multitude of S60 devices already available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner solutions, the S60 provides an open and scalable business opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers. For further information about S60 news and community, please visit www.s60.com.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
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